As the official photographer for the world-renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet, I have the privilege of working with some amazing dancers.
This was a creative shoot with one of their principal dancers.
She came to me with the idea of using flour (which has been done a lot), but I was up for the challenge.
The first thing I had to deal with when planning this shoot, was how I would keep my camera and lighting equipment safe and out of reach from the small flour particles.
This made me decide to use my Canon 70-200 so I could shoot from a safe distance.
To capture the flour in a way that it would show up against the black fabric backdrop, I used 2 Elinchrom D-Lite RX 4s with 4' stripboxes, one on either side of Amanda and about 4 feet behind her.
To help contain the flour and keep it from leaving a layer of dust everywhere, I added a white v-flat on either side of Amanda so when she flips her hair, the flour wouldn't spread. The v-flats also added a hint of fill light to keep detail in the shadows on her.
Canon 5D Mark II & Canon 70-200 2.8
ISO 100, f/9, 1/160
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